Another unmistakable symbol of Florence, the Ponte Vecchio is like a large wooden chest straddling the river Arno. A bridge, a bustling road and a shopping district combined in one.

Know Before You Go

Move to the central area of the bridge for the beautiful vistas of the riverside buildings, a nice place to visit first thing in the morning when the bridge is quieter.
Visit early in the day as the shutters on the shops come up and watch the Ponte Vecchio spring to life.
The central arches are a great vantage point for views of either side of the River Arno.
Suitable for children of all ages, although it can get busy.

The longest standing bridge

The Ponte Vecchio or Old Bridge as it is also known, was at one time the only bridge which spanned the River Arno, and during World War II it was the only bridge which wasn't destroyed.

Originally built as a connecting route from the Uffizi Gallery to the Palazzo Pitti, butchers initially occupied the shops. Today the bridge is home to ornate shops, predominantly selling jewelry and souvenirs.

Pretty and old, wooden chest

The wooden shutters are closed each evening which gives the shops the quaint look of an old wooden chest. One of the prettiest bridges in Florence, it may be filled with tourists but it is well worth visiting.

Great views from the bridge

Visit the Ponte Vecchio for some incredible views of the River Arno and the colourful houses on its banks. The bridge from the outside looks to contain small one and two storey houses, these are actually jewelry stores and goldsmiths. From the central arches of the bridge you can watch people walk along the riverside path and admire the city from a different vantage point.

Should I shop at the Ponte Vecchio?

Ponte Vecchio is known for its goldsmiths and traditional Florentine jewelry, and it is obviously tempting to buy a remembrance when you are here. Be aware though that everything is heavily marked up, sometimes up to 50%, just because it is sold on the bridge.

So if you have to buy something, keep it cheap. And for the real thing head to Arezzo, a centre for traditional jewelry, priced right. Or to Oltarno across the Arno, where you can buy from the goldsmith at his work table.

Best views of the bridge

If you want to get the best views or if you are a photo enthusiast, head to the colonnaded walkway on the river bank.

Key Highlights

This is by far the most picturesque bridge in Florence, across the Arno. Originally built to connect Palazzo Pitti and The Uffizi Gallery, it housed butcher shops which were replaced by jewelers to enhance the prestige of the bridge.

You can get unique views of the city from the bridge. It is also a popular place to shop for a souvenir, gold jewelry or something to remember Florence by. Couples find the bridge romantic in the evenings, for a passeggiata, or stroll.

Should I shop at the Ponte Vecchio? Read on to find out.

Map : Ponte Vecchio

Other Florence Top 10 Attractions Near Ponte Vecchio are marked in yellow

Distance of other top ten Attractions from Ponte Vecchio
Uffizi Gallery0.2 Km
Pitti Palace0.4 Km
Giotto's Bell Tower0.6 Km
Duomo - Florence Cathedral0.6 Km
Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence0.7 Km
Mercato Centrale1 Km
Accademia Gallery1.1 Km
Piazzale Michelangelo1.1 Km
Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte1.3 Km

These distances are approximate [As the crow flies]

Review and Feedback on Ponte Vecchio:

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